Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are always smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers like Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from more recent vocalists like Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy.
The 10-concert Fishstock Series is largely the same group of musicians Fishstock had planned to showcase in 2020, said concert promoter Steve Ellmann. “If you saw my message last year, you know that I was excited about the opportunity to bring back all of our great 2019 artists for the 2020 season,” said Ellmann. “Then the pandemic started! I promised to bring everyone back for 2021, and with one exception, that’s exactly what we’re doing! The exception is Michael P. Smith, who sadly died last August 3, 2020 and whose August 8, 2021 performance date has been filled by the upcoming Heather Styka appearance.
To attend a Fishstock concert, drive down County Hwy F east of Fish Creek — when you get close to the intersection with Maple Grove Rd., you'll notice a big white barn on the south side of the highway covered with colorful letters that spell out "Fishstock." To purchase reserved $25 seating online, visit Door County Tickets. Fishstock concert tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20 general admission.